Ryan’s aiming high

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Wideman Ryan Williams feels that last week’s break from the action could allow Scarborough Athletic to push on for the rest of the season.

Prior to Saturday’s postponement at Bedworth United, Boro had slipped to three consecutive defeats, throwing them slightly off the pace at the top of the Evo-Stik South.

Despite this indifferent form, ninth-placed Boro are still only a smattering of points away from a play-off place and they currently hold a few games in hand on their rivals.

“We obviously wanted to play last weekend, but the fact that the game was off was probably for the best,” said Williams.

“It is just that extra week and a bit more training to allow things to get back to normal.

“If you look at our squad it isn’t the biggest and a lot of the lads have been struggling with injuries for quite a while.

“I have had a virus and a chest infection since Christmas, which really has knocked me for six.

“I haven’t been anywhere near my best, but it is just a case of getting through the games, that has been the same with a few of the other lads.

“I think we still need to have a look at ourselves and our performances in recent weeks. We have set our standards as a group and I don’t think we have been living up to them.

“I think we just need a scrappy win to get us back on track and then we can get back to it again.

“We still have plenty of games in hand on some of the teams above us, things can change very quickly, especially as there is a lot of football to play.

“We have to aim high and if we get that bit of momentum in the closing stages of the season then funny things can happen.”

Williams feels that the absence of the suspended Gary Bradshaw in the past few games has also been a blow.

Bradshaw picked up a three-match suspension when he was sent off at Leek on December 28.

This ban concludes on Saturday after the home game against Newcastle Town.

He added: “I have played with Gaz for a few years now, he is a great lad to have in your side.

“Ryan Blott and Gaz were just starting to fire in attack, so the suspension came at a really bad time for us.

“We do have players that can come in and do the job, but Gaz is a player that can score goals.

“Liverpool are a different side when they don’t have Luis Suarez and that is possibly the same as us.”

Williams may be half a season into his spell at Boro but he is still feeling the buzz and atmosphere that the fans provide for each fixture.

“I’m loving it at Scarborough, there is so much potential at this club.

“A lot of the credit has to go to the fans, who travel to home games and then support us away from Queensgate. Their effort just says it all.

“There is always that buzz at games, it is similar to when I was at Aldershot and other teams like that.

“There are exciting times ahead for this club.”